Exciting New Partnership

It is our distinct pleasure to announce a new partnership between The Center for Worship & Music Studies and Luther Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning. We are pleased that the solid foundation and legacy of The Center, with its cadre of leaders, will continue to be embraced and available through future class offerings through Luther. While the schedule of classes for 2018-19 is still being finalized, this partnership will strive to offer high quality learning opportunities to fit the needs and challenging schedules of worship leaders and church musicians.

The facilitator of these courses is Dawn Alitz, Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning. Together with the Board of Directors for The Center for Worship and Music Studies, and Jay Beech, Dawn looks forward to carrying the spirit of The Center into the future. We are thrilled that this partnership shares a common mission: to prepare musicians and others for planning and leading thoughtful and vibrant worship, to equip them to teach and mentor others, and to train and support them in guiding their communities in discerning their worship practices. Our work will continue to be rooted in the Lutheran tradition, valuing a broad ecumenical perspective.

The Center for Lifelong Learning at Luther has scheduled the Leadership and Management for Worship and Music course to take place April 18-20, and will work to expand worship and music offerings later in the year and beyond. If you wish to receive a Kairos 2018 catalog, register for a class, or need more information, please visit luthersem.edu/kairos or call 651-641-3416.

We thank you for your interest or participation in The Center for Worship and Music Studies and encourage you to explore these new opportunities with Luther Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning.

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It is in these difficult circumstances when the predominant culture continues violence against minorities, Mail Order Brides crossed their artistic practice. Rean Estrada, Eliza Barrios, and Jennifer Wofford (artists of the art group) witnessed the simultaneous growth of technology corporations and the destruction of community galleries by global art museums such as SFMoMA. As a result, they saw the disappearance of the colorful communities that created a vibrant artistic neighborhood. Instead, a single sterile arts district appeared, in which Western practitioners and artists were valued, and people of color. Watching this change, M.O.B. created a series of continuous work and mixed media Manananggoogle.

The Manananggoogle project uses productivity, photography, and digital media to explore the impact of capitalism on the various sites on which they present their materials. In this series, artists act as company executives at their renowned company, Manananggoogle. Iterations of this project serve as events for the company, including transitions, corporate launches, and community functions. These events are held in different places, and as a result, each of them recognizes the peculiarities of the geographical location. Through visuals, M.O.B. demonstrates in what spaces these bodies live. First, the camp undermines the realities of heteropatriarchal corporate structures that seem natural—using a visual device of excess both in space and in action, M.O. B. plays with the corporate office. The camp manifests itself in their grandiose game, glamorous costumes, and a wide performance. M.O.B. violates corporate structures that (re)create perceptions of gender roles.

In addition, Manananggal is a literal and excessive embodiment of a woman, which makes her the main subject of the camp. On the other hand, grotesque helps understand how corporate spaces influence the perception of femininity. This act restores female sexuality and power, embodied in the figure of a vampire. Through excessive manifestations of blood, M.O.B. glorifies manananggal. Despite these gender and racial differences, corporations use neoliberal initiatives to embrace diversity and progress in order to mask the dominance of pre-existing heteronormal beliefs. They make this racial and gender separation explicit through the visual. Turning this hierarchy over, M.O.B. restores and glorifies female sexuality and power, which these global initiatives are trying to change by creating a working culture. These changes are also imposed on local culture due to the increase in capital that these corporations acquire through their neoliberal position.

Rev. Dawn Alitz, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning
Luther Seminary
2481 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

Rev. Dee Pederson. 
Chair, Board of Directors
The Center for Worship and Music Studies

A Message from The Board of Directors

Thank you for your interest in the work of The Center for Worship and Music Studies. We are grateful for the many students, instructors, donors, supporters, and partner organizations that helped this ministry thrive during these past three and a half years.

Beginning May 1, 2017, The Center for Worship and Music Studies will pause active operations and enter into a period of evaluation and reflection for future programming. The Board of Directors recognizes that, sadly, our current levels of enrollment and philanthropic support are inadequate to sustain continued operations under our current model. We will take this pause in programming for an undetermined length of time as the Board prayerfully considers options for the future.

We are so appreciative of the vision and creative work done by our Executive Director, Jay Beech, as well as the excellent contributions of our Administrative Assistant, Sarah Malm. We continue to believe that this ministry is vitally important in its support of those doing the ongoing work around worship and music in our congregations.

During this time, the Board invites the input of any and all who would like to see the work of The Center continue. Some online conversation will be initiated through our website – worshipandmusic.org. You can also share your ideas about how The Center for Worship & Music Studies could best support worship and music leaders through new or alternative models of program delivery, specific class offerings, consulting services, creating worship resources, etc. Please send these ideas to [email protected]

After April 30th, Jay will continue to be available independently as a teacher, presenter, consultant, and worship leader, and can be reached at [email protected]

We hope that, together, we can imagine new possibilities and partner with others who are passionate about this work. Again, we want to express thanks and appreciation for your interest.


Board Members

Rev. Kelly Chatman

Rev. Dr. John Christopherson

Rev. Dr. Rollie Martinson

Rev. Dr. Dee Pederson, President

Rev. Dr.  Mark Ramseth, Secretary

Bishop Ann Svennungsen

Janet Thompson, Treasurer

Anita Young